A charming island of palm-fringed beaches and colonial-style architecture

This small Dutch Caribbean island lies just 18 miles off the coast of Venezuela and is a unique cultural melting pot of people, languages and cuisine.

Here, you can enjoy year-round sunshine, the picture-perfect palm-fringed white sand beaches of the south, dramatic landscapes of the north and the wild scenery that is found in the middle of the island, spreading out to the west.

The rugged Windward coast is home to limestone coves and desert scenery while Arikok National Park’s hiking trails lead to abandoned gold mines, ruins and ancient paintings and fossils.

  • You'll find the finest beaches on the south and west coasts – powder soft sands and calm waters
  • Head to the east for the rugged Windward coast with its limestone coves and desert scenery
  • Head to Arikok National Park for hiking trails to witness abandoned gold mines, ruins and ancient paintings and fossils
  • Below the hurricane belt in the Southern Caribbean, Aruba benefits from year-round sunshine
  • Stroll around Oranjestad to take in the unmistakingly Dutch colourful colonial buildings

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Time difference:

GMT -5 hours

Currency:

Aruban Guilder. US dollars are also accepted locally.

Flying time to destination:

12¼ hours

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When to visit

Jan 30°c
Feb 30°c
Mar 31°c
Apr 31°c
May 32°c
Jun 32°c
Jul 32°c
Aug 32°c
Sep 32°c
Oct 32°c
Nov 31°c
Dec 30°c
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